Happy Monday! It’s the first day of the fall semester for me, and likely for a bunch of others, so I thought I’d start off the week with a little something to keep our motivation going through the week!

From the co-founders of Twitter comes a new type of product: Lift. Designed to help its users develop positive habits using the power of positive (social) reinforcement, Lift has been in beta for… a while, I believe, but this intrepid blogger just got access last week.

In its current form, Lift is an iPhone app (no other device support “yet,” according to my welcome email) that allows you to track any habits you want to develop, and receive ‘props’ from others working on the same goals.

Lift.do habits list

Hey look, I’m blogging! *check*

Among other things, I’m tracking things like flossing, exercising, writing for 30 min a day, blogging (looks like it’s working!), etc.

When you’ve accomplished one of your habits for that day, you just tap it, and then click the big check mark to check-in. People can give you props, which is surprisingly satisfiying, even with people you don’t know.

I’m eager for Lift to be available on other platforms, and to a wider group of folks, so I can get some friends in on it. Getting encouragement from close friends will be even more meaningful than mostly random strangers – though it is nice to get support from people who are also working on the same habits.

It might seem silly, but I’ve been flossing way more frequently since I started using Lift, and I’ve made progress on a number of other positive habits as well. Initially I felt a little silly flossing just so I could check-in, but I figure that’s how good habits start!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and stay tuned for another nifty website/app that I use to keep a much more long-term ‘bucket list’ for the many things I want to do in my life!

What habits could you benefit from developing? Does Lift sound like something that could help you achieve those goals? Let me know in the comments!

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